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Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Michael Finnell
Steven Spielberg
Written by Chip Proser (story), Jeffrey Boam & Chip Proser (screenplay)
Starring Dennis Quaid
Martin Short
Meg Ryan
Kevin McCarthy
Fiona Lewis
Robert Picardo
Vernon Wells
Henry Gibson
Wendy Schaal
Harold Sylvester
William Schallert
John Hora
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Andrew Laszlo
Editing by Kent Beyda
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 1, 1987 (USA)
Running time 120 mins
Language English

Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film was inspired by the classic 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Robert Picardo, and Kevin McCarthy with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Though not a box office success, it did win an Oscar, the only film directed by Joe Dante to do so. It was subsequently novelized by Nathan Elliott.



Down-on-his-luck Naval aviator Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) is selected as a guinea pig to participate in an experimental project which will place him in a submersible pod, to be shrunk to microscopic size and injected into the body of a rabbit. Immediately after being miniaturized, the experiment takes a bad turn when the lab is attacked. The experiment supervisor Ozzie Wexler (John Hora) escapes with the miniaturized Tuck in a syringe. After sustaining a fatal gunshot wound, he injects Tuck and the pod into hypochondriac Safeway clerk Jack Putter (Martin Short).

After establishing contact with his new host, Tuck must figure out how to get out of Jack's "Innerspace" before he runs out of oxygen. With Tuck's guidance, Jack enrolls the assistance of Tuck's recently estranged girlfriend, Lydia (Meg Ryan).

After making contact with the lab, Tuck and Jack are informed that there is another group of scientists and capitalists attempting to accomplish the same goal of miniaturization for use in their scheme to sell the technology for use in espionage. They are led by the mysterious Mr. Scrimshaw, a suave white-dressed villain (played by Kevin McCarthy).

The raid on the lab was to steal a chip vital to the process. While at a restaurant with Tuck's girlfriend, Jack is kidnapped by Mr. Igoe (Vernon Wells) and carried over the shoulder to a meat truck and taken to the lab.

Now that they have the chip, they miniaturize Mr. Igoe, and send him into the body of Jack, to extract a second chip required for re-enlargement.

Igoe's craft eventually finds Tuck's pod, but is disabled after Tuck jams one of the pod's arms into a thrust port. Mr. Igoe abandons his craft using an ejection system, and attempts to crack the pod windows using a drill on his exosuit. Igoe is killed, however, when Jack's stomach ulcer acts up, digesting him.

With little time left to spare, Tuck's pod is removed from Jack and is enlarged. He later marries his girlfriend, with Jack as his best man. The film ends with an open finale when Jack notices the "Cowboy" sliding into Tuck's limo disguised as a driver, having just hidden the miniaturized Mr. Scrimshaw and his assistant in the car's trunk. Now confident and in control of his life, Jack jumps into Tuck's Mustang to rescue the newlyweds.




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Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film which tells the adventure of a US Pilot shrunk in a top secret military experiment and accidentally injected into the body of a hypochondriac.

Directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Inside Jack Putter, there's a hero trying to get out. Taglines
Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.


Tuck Pendleton

  • [slaps himself] How does that feel? Feels good! Now do it again! (slaps himself) The Tuck Pendleton Machine - zero defects!
  • I'm in a man, I'm in a strange man, I'll be a son of a bitch, I'm in a strange man surrounded by strangers in a strange room!
  • [Taps a light to fix it] State of the art.
  • Look Ozzy, who's nervous now ok? I know what our objectives are. I've done my homework and I can do this little job blindfolded, so everyone just calm down.
  • [The syringe containing the miniaturized pod is being shaken around in Ozzy's pocket] Ozzy? Am I being punished?
  • This guy is definitely not firing on all eight cylinders, Jack.
  • The Jack Putter Machine, zero defects. (leans back and sighs, to himself) God help us.

Jack Putter

  • I'm possessed!
  • Would I be in a doctor's office if I was feeling alright?

Victor Scrimshaw

  • Nuclear weapons, Jack. They mean nothing. Everybody's got them, no-one has the balls to use them. Am I right? Space, you say? Space is a flop, didn't you know that? An endless junkyard of orbiting debris. Ah, but...miniturization, Jack. That's the ticket. That's the edge that everybody's been looking for. Who will have that edge, Jack? What country will control miniturization? Frankly, I don't give a shit - I'm only in this for the money! And that's why, Jack, we've got to get that little pod out from inside of you!

Pod Computer Voice

  • Warning, approaching tricuspid valve of heart. Do not enter! Do not enter heart!
  • Foreign object detected, approaching through oesophageal passage.


Victor: Once he takes over the pod and gets the chip - let's re-enlarge.
Margaret: While still inside Mr. Putter?!
Victor: Why not?
Margaret: Have you any idea the kind of mess that would make?

Jack: No pain.
Tuck: What?
Jack: That's the thing I want from you, no pain. I mean just don't do anything weird in there, don't cause an embolism or an aneurysm - accidentally sever my spinal cord and kinda go "oh sorry". You know what I mean?
Tuck: Ok, no pain.
Jack: Thank you.

Tuck: I don't want to worry you or anything, Jack, but I saw something in here. I don't know, it's probably benign...
Jack: A tumor? You saw a tumor? How big is it?
Tuck: You're asking the wrong guy, Jack, from my point of view it looks like it's about the size of Candlestick Park.
Jack: Great, there goes my ulcer...

Tuck ~ Keep it coming Jack, okay, pal, here is how I spell relief, Jack, you just digested the bad guy.

[Jack burps loudly]


  • Inside Jack Putter, there's a hero trying to get out.
  • An adventure of incredible proportions.


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